Politics Biden to propose $1.8 trillion 'families plan' with paid leave, child care, universal pre-K, free community college

12:25  28 april  2021
12:25  28 april  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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  Despite right-wing panic about the plummeting birthrate, Republicans are lining up against Biden's pro-family 'human infrastructure' push Joe Biden is getting ready to unveil another far-reaching set of proposals that would dramatically expand the social safety net for families. Among those policies are universal pre-K and paid family leave, both of which are proven to boost women's employment and the birthrate. But while these policies would make it easier for Americans to have kids, Republican lawmakers are dead set against the American Families Plan. © ER Productions Limited/Getty Images ER Productions Limited/Getty Images 'Bad times mean falling birthrates'To some extent, the birthrate decline reflects advances in gender equity.

President Joe Biden on Wednesday will pitch Congress on $ 1 . 8 trillion in new spending and tax credits aimed toward children , students and families , senior administration officials said. Biden will unveil the massive new package less than a month after the White House put forward a sweeping proposal to spend more than 0 billion for free universal pre -school for all three- and four-year-olds, offered through a national partnership with states. 9 billion toward ensuring two years of free community college for all students. About billion toward Pell Grants, and increasing the maximum award by

President Joe Biden will unveil a 0 billion program to provide free preschool as part of the American Families Plan proposal he’ll discuss Wednesday night during his prime-time address to Congress. The plan would benefit approximately 5 million 3- and 4-year old children and could save the average family His plan would require that pre-kindergarten teachers earn at least per hour, and the administration’s planning document says those with comparable qualifications to kindergarten teachers would receive commensurate pay . The proposal would also require pre - K classes maintain low

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will propose a sweeping $1.8 trillion plan Wednesday for national paid family leave, universal pre-kindergarten, free community college and subsidized child care in what would be a dramatic federal expansion of the social safety net for families and children.

Biden is set to formally introduce his American Families Plan at his first address before a joint session of Congress Wednesday night. It's the second piece of his "Build Back Better" economic agenda following the release of a $2.3 trillion infrastructure and jobs plan released earlier this month.

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  Democrats up pressure on Biden to include Medicare expansion, prescription drugs in 'families plan' House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week called for Biden's plan to include measures to lower health costs and prescription drug prices.In a letter to Biden Sunday, 17 senators led by Senate Budget Chairman Bernie Sanders, I- Vt., who caucuses with Democrats, pushed for Medicare expansion to be part of the American Families Plan, the second piece of Biden's "Build Back Better" agenda that he plans to roll out in a speech to Congress Wednesday.

The sweeping plan will be centered around child care , paid family leave , education funding like free community college tuition and other domestic priorities. Details of what the White House is billing as "human infrastructure" are slated to be released Monday and Tuesday. Biden and other top White House officials like Vice President Kamala Harris are expected to hit the road to sell the plan next Thursday or Friday. The first part of Biden 's plan to help the nation's economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic is a roughly trillion infrastructure and jobs proposal .

Biden 's plan will save the average family an estimated ,000 a year in childcare costs. Joe Biden will on Wednesday deliver his first joint address to Congress as president. 'We continue to push,' Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, the chairman of the Banking Committee and advocate for a permanent child tax credit, said late Monday evening. 'We're hopeful. We want it to be permanent because it's so important for so many people's lives.' A 2018 report into Washington, D.C.'s, universal pre - K program showed that, after the city implemented the program in 2009, rates of maternal participation in the

Billed as "generational investments in our future" to out-compete China and transform the U.S. economy, the families plan includes $1 trillion in spending over the next 10 years, according to senior administration officials who agreed to discuss the specifics on the condition of anonymity. It also has an additional $800 billion in targeted tax credits for the middle class.

Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about updated CDC mask guidance on the North Lawn of the White House on April 27, 2021 in Washington, DC. © Drew Angerer, Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about updated CDC mask guidance on the North Lawn of the White House on April 27, 2021 in Washington, DC.

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Free community college : Biden has supported providing two years of community college or other high-quality training program debt- free for individuals looking to learn or improve their skills to keep up with the changing nature of work. Extended child tax credits: Biden is seeking to extend the expanded child tax credit, which is essentially a monthly payment from the government for most families , through 2025. The credit was created on a temporary basis by a $ 1 .9 trillion coronavirus relief package passed in March. How the richest americans would pay for IT.

The proposal marks a key plank of Biden 's roughly $ 1 . 8 trillion American Families Plan , the second prong of his sweeping trillion in spending on physical infrastructure, research and development, home care , child care , paid family and medical leave and extensions of key anti-poverty tax The proposal will include investments to incentivize individuals who seek to become teachers and early- childhood educators, leveraging a separate proposal to fund tuition free community college , as well as teacher scholarships. It includes a pledge that all employees participating in pre - K programs

The proposal to Congress would be paid for through a crackdown on taxloopholes used by high-income tax-filers. It would also nearly double the capital gains tax from a 20% rate to 39.6% for households making more than $1 million, among other changes.

$225 billion each for national paid leave and child care programs

The plan – certain to be sharply criticized by Republicans who already oppose his jobs plan – includes $225 billion for a national paid family and medical leave program. It would offer workers partial employment assistance for three months to be with a new child, rehabilitate from an illness, care for a disabled loved one, deal with a partner's military deployment or address emergencies.

Up to $4,000 per month would be available in paid leave for individuals who participate, with a minimum of two-thirds of average weekly wages and increasing to 80% for the lowest wage workers.

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Biden to give IRS an extra billion to crack down on wealthy individuals and powerful corporations who try to evade his proposed new tax hikes. Funds will help enforce the higher income tax and capital gains tax he's proposed to pay for his $ 1 . 8 trillion American Families Plan . His latest plan to help the US economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic focuses on social issues - education, labor programs, universal pre - K , free college tuition for certain income levels, and other programs. Currently, people earning more than 0,000 pay a capital gains rate of about 23.8%, including the

Biden plans to note the historic occasion at the beginning of his speech, The Washington Post reported. Both women will wear face masks in keeping with coronavirus restrictions put in place in the House chamber. The 200 guests - which will include first lady Jill Biden and second gentleman Doug Emhoff - will be spread out on the House floor and in the balconies above to keep with social distancing guidelines. Biden will reveal his 'human infrastructure' plan - American Families Plan - with its $ 1 . 8 trillion price tag.

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An additional $225 billion would go toward covering child care costs for low income and middle class parents with children five or younger. It comes as more women left the workforce last year to care for young children during the coronavirus pandemic. A study cited by the White House found $57 billion in lost earnings and productivity because of a lack of child care options.

The program would pay for all child care costs of the neediest families. Those who earn 1.5 times their state median income would pay no more than 7% of their income on child care.

The plan would also set a $15 minimum wage for child care staff – nine out of 10 whom are women and four out of 10 whom are women of color.

Pre-K for all regardless of family income

Biden is proposing $200 billion to make free prekindergarten available to all three- and four-year-olds regardless of their families' incomes. This would be made primarily through "partnerships" with states, but the federal government would seek to work directly with preschools in states that don't participate.

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The national pre-K expansion would benefit 5 million children and save the average family $13,000, according to the White House.

The plan also calls for $109 billion to make community college in the U.S free, allowing all first-time students and workers in participating states to pay no money for two years of community college to earn a degree or credential. The program would also be available to "Dreamers" – undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

Biden's proposal comes after several states, including Tennessee, New York, Oregon and Rhode Island, have transitioned to free community college. Like the pre-K program, states would have to partner with the federal government to receive the federal funding. If each state does, an estimated 5.5 million students would attend community college for free.

The plan would extend the enhanced child tax credits that were passed in Biden's $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan through 2025 – falling short of demands of many progressive Democrats to make the credits permanent. The plan would also make permanent American Rescue Plan tax credits for families with child care needs and workers who don't have children.

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Plan leaves out Medicare expansion

The proposal would not lower the age eligibility requirements for Medicare to expand coverage or take steps to lower prescription drug prices – two other areas pushed by many Democrats in Congress and liberal advocacy groups.

White House officials said the president remains "fully committed" to negotiations to reduce prescription drug prices despite its omission in the package.

The primary health care provision in the plan is $200 billion to make health care premium reductions passed in the Affordable Care Act permanent.

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Pell grants, HBCUs, school lunches also targeted

The plan takes steps to make college more affordable for students of color.

It sets aside $85 billion for Pell grants that would provide $1,400 in additional assistance to low-income college students; $62 billion for a grant program aimed at improving college completion for low-income students; and $46 billion for historically black colleges and universities. The latter includes at least two years of subsidized tuition for students enrolled in four-year HBCUs from families earning less than $125,000 a year.

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Other spending includes $45 billion to extend free and reduced lunches through the summer for the 29 million low-income children enrolled in the federal program; $17 billion to expand free meals to children in high-poverty areas through the Community Eligibility Provision program, and $9 billion to train teachers, address teacher shortages and diversify the teaching workforce.

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Legislative path for Biden's families and jobs plans unclear

Biden's plan likely faces strong resistance from Republicans, much like his American Jobs Plan, which they widely panned for broadening "infrastructure" to pay for programs like caregiving for the elderly and disabled, manufacturing and addressing climate change.

Senate Republicans last week proposed a $568 billion counteroffer that's just one-quarter the size of Biden's package and would be limited to physical infrastructure such as repairs to roads and bridges and broadband expansion.

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The White House has not said whether Biden will combine the two plans together –  totaling more than $4 trillion – into one bill for Congress or pursue multiple pieces of legislation. The jobs plan would be paid primarily by an increase to the corporate tax rate.

The president wants progress in Congress on the jobs bill by the end of May and for passage by the summer, according to administration officials.

Biden could seek passage of his families and jobs plan via budget reconciliation, which would block any attempt of a filibuster and require no Republican votes in the evenly divided Senate as long as all Democrats vote in support. The White House has not revealed their legislative track.

Reach Joey Garrison on Twitter @joeygarrison.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Biden to propose $1.8 trillion 'families plan' with paid leave, child care, universal pre-K, free community college

Fact check: Biden's speech had an estimated 26.9 million viewers .
The president’s first address to Congress had 26.9 million viewers, not 11.6 million as claimed in a social media post.An April 29 Facebook post from James T. Harris, a conservative radio host and social media personality, lists television ratings for five past presidential addresses — four from former President Donald Trump and one from Biden. The post says Biden’s address to Congress had only 11.6 million viewers, compared to 37.2 million viewers for Trump’s 2020 State of the Union speech.

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